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Paper: H2O Isotopologues in Extreme OH/IR Stars
Volume: 497, Why Galaxies Care about AGB Stars III: A Closer Look in Space and Time
Page: 85
Authors: Justtanont, K.; Barlow, M. J.; Blommaert, J. A. D. L.; Decin, L.; Kerschbaum, F.; Matsuura, M.; Olofsson, H.; Swinyard, B.; Teyssier, D.; Waters, L. B. F. M.; Yates, J.
Abstract: Using Herschel Space Observatory, we observed isotopologues of H2O in extreme OH/IR stars. We detected strong H216O and H217O while the H218O lines are missing, contrary to the overall galactic oxygen abundance in the interstellar medium and the Sun, where 18O is more abundant than 17O. Theoretical stellar evolution suggests that 18O is being destroyed during the hot-bottom burning. This implies that these OH/IR stars come from a population of intermediate-mass stars which have an initial mass ≥ 5 M.
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